Wooded Island 2018

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report July 14, 2018

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Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Yep. We birded in the rain.  Can’t explain.  Normal birder behavior.  Afterward, Jennie S., Karin D., Marian N. and I celebrated Karin Cassel’s birthday at Svea, a Swedish restaurant on north Clark Street.

Then we ventured to Volo Bog in Lake County Illinois in search of the family of Sandhill Cranes that successfully nested in that vast preserve. Some birders saw a pair on Sandhill Cranes on the extensive grounds of Baxter Laboratories. But no cranes were seen or heard at Volo Bog.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report June 30, 2018

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Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello everyone,

It was a horribly hot and humid day, but our resident birds made the sweaty walk worthwhile.  A Great Blue Heron caught a huge fish, brought it up to the bank of the north lagoon, and then wasn’t sure what to do with it. He would pick it up, dropped it, pecked at it, then looked at it with a puzzled expression on his face.  I hope that he didn’t try to swallow it because the fish was way too big to slide down his throat. 

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report June 2, 2018

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Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Some of our regular birds must have been busy with other matters, than to check on the Saturday morning birders.  Raptors and woodpeckers were underrepresented.  It seems like a good summer for Indigo Buntings and Hummingbirds. Time will tell, if they found a home or are just passing through.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report May 26, 2018

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Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello everyone,

What a difference a week makes. Most of our migratory warblers have moved on, leaving our usual summer residents to greet us. A Snowy Egret was seen at the south end of the Island early in the morning by some other birders and reported on IBET. We didn’t see the posting but we ran into Ben Sanders in the Osaka Garden and he had come to the park to try and find the Egret. He saw it but then it flew west and we couldn’t relocate it.

Wooded Island Bird Walk Report May 19, 2018

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Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:00am

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Hello to All,

Eric G. has an amazing phone app. It was able to tell him, down to the minute, when the drizzle would stop, and it did. 

We were walking along the south side of the Museum when the drizzle stopped.  By then we had seen a pair of Green Herons, and Gary M. spotted the nest that the pair were building in a short tree on the east side of the south façade of the Museum.  This is where their nest was built last year. Oh Happy Day!!

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